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Thriving elk, struggling deer: Coincidence? New research suggests not

Scientific investigation at Wyoming's Little Mountain area puts solid data to a previously just suspected correlation: the closer deer live to elk, the skinnier they get

Findings emerging from an intensive, years-long Wyoming research project are beginning to substantiate suspicions that elk may be thriving on western landscapes at the expense of widely struggling mule deer.

"More is not always better," University of Wyoming ecology professor Kevin Monteith told WyoFile. "In this situation, with deer and elk, we may not be able to have our cake and eat it too. We may not be able to have robust, large populations of elk and robust, large populations of deer."

Monteith's remarks reflect preliminary data out of this lab that show a distinct inverse correlation be...